If you are having trouble with getting your avatar to show I have been dealing with the same issues in regards to avatars I wish to use. The only solution I've come across thus far is to try and upload the avatar using a site like photobucket
and linking it in your avatar preferences section (since they give you the option of using an avatar from a link. This is all I have as a solution for now and I am sorry, but this is an issue a bit out of my hands.
"For many are called, but few are chosen" - Matthew 22:14 ver. New American Standard.
"Though my soul is born from darkness, it shall rise in perfect light, I have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night". Unknown
"On those nights that I gazed upon the full moon in longing it was always you that my heart was calling." - me